1998 Chrysler Neon GLX 1st gen 2.0L from UK and Ireland
Total outlay of vehicle and upkeep of £18000 for 18 years. Show me another vehicle to match that?
Nothing. Never broken down. Never not started. Most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. No rust anywhere.
If general maintenance is good then it will stand by you.
The only item that ever requiring replaced, other than general wear due to mileage, was an air con condenser leak, probably due to stone damage.
Have changed the front engine mount twice in that time, but considering the mileage and cost of the item (£30), it's nothing.
For years people knocked this vehicle. Friends' cars have been long gone, broken down, traded in or crushed, yet the Neon motors on. None of them can believe its condition. The car used to only get a wash each MOT, now more often if I'm honest.
Leather seats have bit of wear on the driver's side and slight sag due to mileage.
Fantastic vehicle 2nd I've owned. Build quality OK, components superb.
Downside is the interior has too much plastic, but that's made up for with leather seating and high vehicle spec. equipment as standard GLX (UK model). Many items only now becoming standard equipment on current vehicles and at time of purchase not even optional extra with many other manufactures. Bought a one new when Chrysler came to the UK and it did have a few issues. Head gaskets made of cork that would fail, but changed under warranty for multi layer steel type, and it would eat track rod ends, but these were changed to a cast iron type that fixed the issue. Traded the car in for my second and current model a couple of years later. It's now 18 years old.
Almost 200,000 miles and still the same clutch. Brake discs all round changed at 150,000 miles as at the bottom limits for thickness. Changed brake flexible hoses at same time due to ease of access (preventative maintenance).
Two track control arms and two track rod ends and that's it. Other than general wear maintenance components, tyres, brake pads, oils and filters.
In 18 years ownership, I would guess all in with failed/general wear and services items, this vehicle has cost me £1400 pounds; that's £80 pounds a year. You'd pay that just for high end engine oil and filter for one service these days.
I also own a Mercedes S class and it would be unfair to compare the two as few vehicles could touch the Merc, but it has had many costly issues, and tyres alone just cost me a £1000. That's why it's a weekend driver and my Neon is my daily.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th July, 2016